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How much fiber should I eat if I have IBS-D?

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Be careful with fiber, but you don’t have to avoid it altogether. It’s good for you in other ways. It helps prevent colon cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Plus, it keeps your diarrhea from turning into constipation. 

Be careful, though: Too much of it sometimes leads to gas and bloating. For IBS-D, it's best to eat the soluble kind of fiber. It takes a longer to leave your digestive system. You can get it in:

• Oat bran • Barley • Flesh of fruit (as opposed to the skin) • Navy, pinto, and lima beans


SOURCES: 

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture." 

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable bowel syndrome." 

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2016

SOURCES: 

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture." 

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable bowel syndrome." 

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2016

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